School sorry for Hitler mural
Chulalongkorn University apologized yesterday after students created a large mural depicting Adolf Hitler among a host of comic book superheroes during graduation celebrations. The school in Bangkok expressed its “deep regret” over the painting, which appeared last week and featured Superman, Batman and the Incredible Hulk, as well as the Nazi leader. In a letter to the Simon Wiesenthal Center, which had complained about the poster, the university said the students who created it were “unaware of its significance” and had received a verbal warning. A picture posted on the center’s Web site shows a young woman in a graduation gown giving a Nazi salute in front of the giant mural, which reads “Congratulation.”
Family not told of execution
A Changsha court executed a man without notifying his family, sparking anger online, media reported on Sunday. Businessman Zeng Chengjie was executed on Friday after being sentenced in 2011 for fraud and illegal fundraising involving 3.4 billion yuan (US$550 million), the Beijing Times said. His daughter complained on microblogging site Sina Weibo that the court had not notified the family beforehand. The court replied via its own Weibo account, saying: “The law does not have a written rule that convicts being executed must see their families.” This generated a backlash online and the court apologized in a second post, saying its account managers had not studied the law closely, the Beijing Times said. It then issued a third post saying Zeng was given the option to see his family, but declined.
Thieves raid reptile park
Thieves on Sunday stole a horde of exotic reptiles from a zoo, including a baby alligator. Twenty-three creatures, mostly snakes, lizards and geckos, were taken from their enclosures at the Australian Reptile Park north of Sydney during a night-time raid, senior curator Liz Vella said yesterday. She said officials were still speculating on the motive behind the robbery, but usually such thefts were done by young people who “wanted a bunch of reptiles for their home and to show off to their friends.” She said the black market value of the animals was only about A$10,000 (US$9,000), but their value to the keepers who cared for them was “a lot more.”
Officer charged with murders
Policeman Senior Staff Sergeant Iskandar Rahmat, 34, was charged yesterday a double homicide. He could face hanging if convicted of murdering car workshop owner Tan Boon Sin, 67, and his son, Tan Chee Heong, 42, on Wednesday last week. The elder Tan was fatally slashed in his home while his son’s body was found a kilometer away after being dragged under a car, leaving a trail of blood on a busy road. Iskandar gave no plea in court.
Flood missing assumed dead
Almost 6,000 people listed as missing after flash floods and landslides struck Uttarakhand State last month are now presumed dead, officials said yesterday. Pilgrims, tourists and others were swept away in floods caused by torrential monsoon rains, destroying villages and towns. About 1,000 people were confirmed dead at the time and thousands others listed as missing. Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna said his state government would give 500,000 rupees (US$8,400) to each family and set up a fund to give 500,000 rupees to each child orphaned in the disaster.